WORK-LIFE BALANCE / MAY. 03, 2015
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8 Ways to Boost Your Self-Confidence

How you feel and think about yourself is what determines the course that your life is likely to take. What is your opinion about yourself? Having a high self-confidence has a number of effects that tend to be positive most of the time. Some people have their life becoming easier and lighter whereas others tend to have more inner stability and less self-sabotage. The most important thing is that you will be happier and more attractive once you improve on your self-confidence. However, there is no cause for alarm because lack of self-confidence is a scenario that most people do face from time to time and you can get out of it. Here are eight ways to help you boost your self-confidence:

See also: 5 Habits That Will Boost Your Confidence

1. Dress smartly

Confidence starts with your dress code. Any moment you are nicely dressed, you will tend to feel good about yourself and take yourself as important. A smart dress code makes you presentable and gets you ready to tackle whatever the world is likely to bring your way. Dressing smartly is relative thus it is upon you to make a decision on the kind of dress that actually works for you.

2. Avoid negative thoughts

The moment you start thinking negatively about yourself, your confidence automatically dies. The thoughts that you have about yourself and what you are doing are likely to determine the outcome of your actions. Always think positively about yourself and have positive self-talk that you are the best in what you are doing and that it will be a success.

3. Mistakes should be handled in a more positive way

Mistakes are not very unusual encounters in life but the way that you will handle them will determine whether your confidence is boosted or totally lost. Do not despair, but instead be your own best friend and comfort yourself. The best option is to focus on optimism and other opportunities that are out there that ought to be exploited. Let your mistake be a lesson for you to rise up and shine again.

4. Kindness is key to self-confidence

Are you kind to other people? Kindness plays a very vital role towards self-confidence in that whenever you are kind to other people, you also tend to think about yourself in a kinder way. At the end of the day, people will end up treating you the way you treat them, thus if you are nice to them they will surely be nice to you. Your self-confidence will receive a very big boost once you practice kindness in you daily life as people will perceive you positively too.

5. Avoid comparison

The biggest killer of self-confidence is comparison. Once you start comparing yourself and what you have to what others have or to how others are, you may end up hating yourself and looking down upon yourself. The fact is that people are never equal in this world and there is always someone better than the other out there. All you ought to do is compare yourself with yourself. Just focus on how far you have come and try to device ways of making yourself better tomorrow than you are today.

6. Get yourself supportive company

The people that you have around you are the determinant of how self-confident you are likely to be. If they happen to be the kind that always discourage you and see no good in you, it is about time you get rid of them and find yourself some positive company. Always ensure that the people close to you are those who identify your mistakes and try to help you out of it. Positive company will show you kindness and advise you appropriately on how to make yourself better hence boosting your self-confidence.

7. Always stand tall

This may seem as an obvious thing but very few people do observe it. Most people walk with their eyes focused on the ground. The moment you walk head held down facing the ground, the first thing that it says about you is that you are probably shy or ashamed of yourself. This means that your confidence is very low. Learn to walk with your head held high and your eyes facing forward. Whenever you get in contact with people do not avoid their eyes but maintain a firm eye contact. This boosts your self-confidence greatly.

8. Get more competent

Whenever you are the best at what you do, your self-confidence will always be very high. All you ought to do is increase your competence by practicing more or getting to study gradually. Competence cannot be disputed, thus no one can look down upon you if you are the best at what you do. If it is an issue of trial and error due to incompetence, then be sure your self-confidence will be down. Thus the more competent you are, the more self-confident you are likely to be.

See also: Science-Backed Secrets to Boosting Your Confidence

The ways listed above are just a sneak preview of a whole range of things that one should do to boost self-confidence, but they will surely help you to improve on your self-confidence the moment you become keen in observing them.

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